Interview: Django Bates

‘You have to follow your path,’ says British jazz composer and multi-instrumentalist Django Bates.

Django attended The Ivor Novello ceremony last week to collect the 2019 Jazz Award.

Having founded the Human Chain quartet in 1979, he is frequently considered one of the instigators of the British jazz renaissance of the eighties.

Much of his work has concentrated on large-scale compositions, including Dream Kitchen for percussionist Evelyn Glennie and 2000 Years Beyond UNDO, a concerto for electric keyboard which was performed at the millennium Barbican Festival.

As well as being a band leader and composer, Django later branched out into teaching becoming a visiting professor of jazz at the Royal Academy of Music in 2010 before he was appointed Professor of Jazz at HKB Bern Switzerland in 2011.

His latest work includes releases with the trio Beloved, the most recent being The Study of Touch.

We caught up with the jazz master at the ceremony to get his take on his legacy, what he’s got coming up next, and the future of jazz. Tune in below…

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